Cover Your Legal Bases Claremore OK

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Mark H. Ramsey
(918) 343-4100
400 West Fourth Street, P.O. Box 309
Claremore, OK
 
Sean Burrage
(918) 343-4100
400 West Fourth Street, P.O. Box 309
Claremore, OK
 
David Christopher Treadwell
(405) 242-4444
16217 N. May Avenue
Edmond, OK
Specialties
Business, Social Security
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Tracy Allen Poole
(918) 728-3020
6100 S Yale Ave Suite 2010
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Dirk M. Shaw
(405) 848-8889
6608 N Western, #532
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Oil & Gas, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Oklahoma City University
State Licensing
Texas

Bradley H. Mallett
(918) 343-4100
400 West Fourth Street, P.O. Box 309
Claremore, OK
 
Richard L. Edmonson
(918) 594-0802
320 S Boston Ave Ste 200
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Business, Oil & Gas, International Law
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Robert Dale James
(918) 586-8517
4000 One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Commercial
State Licensing
Arkansas

Douglas J. May
(918) 595-4819
100 W 5th St #1100
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Business, Oil & Gas, Social Security
Education
University of Tulsa
State Licensing
Texas

Robert Shannon Bridges
(918) 217-6490
7120 S Lewis Ave # 200
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Administrative Law, Real Estate, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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